Media - Unlimited Opportunities
Media and Film Studies students are vital to the production of
our magazine NEUTRAL, a magazine that is
anything but neutral in tone and content. NEUTRAL engages actively
and creatively with contemporary media and culture.
Conceived by Media students and staff at York
St John University in 2007, 'NEUTRAL' was part of a research and
development project funded by the Faculty of Arts. The project
created a fantastic space to publish ideas, articles, interviews,
images and other forms of creative expression from a very wide
range of contributors both inside and outside of the
University. Fascinating and dynamic student work sits
alongside articles by Faculty of Arts staff and
NEUTRAL encourages submissions from both
inside and outside the University, from our current students and
our graduates, on range contemporary debates in the arena of media,
culture and the arts.
As part of the project students have worked
with local graphics company LazenbyBrown to
develop the brand identity of the magazine. They work with staff to
write, re-write, commission articles and features for the magazine
and for the NEUTRAL web platform. Looking for corporate sponsorship
and organising the Opening Party Launch Night are all activities
that help students to gain real life experience that they carry
into their professional careers. Meeting with professionals working
in the area of media development and events management also provide
fresh insights into the professional demands of these
International Experience: Media Geographies students visit
Istanbul (March 2011) and Madrid (April 2012 & 2013)
As part of the faculty commitment to support high quality
learning, Level 3 students on the 'Media Geographies' module
undertake an intensive short study visit to an international
city. In 2011 we partnered with Yeditepe University and
their Faculty of Arts in Istanbul (Turkey) for a 5 day visit to
explore how we negotiate and understand the idea and experience of
a city through different perspectives.
In 2012 and in 2013, the University has linked
with Syracuse Madrid in visits which explore the
relationships between the Fine Arts scene and the tourist industry,
architecture and ‘psycho-geography’ and pop cultural iconography
and megacity culture.
Media Enterprise: Engaging with outside professionals
Level 2 Media students in the module 'Media Enterprise' are
given a fantastic opportunity to work with some leading edge young
professionals based in York and the region. In the past few years
this has included project working with Dhyan Design a
progressive and dynamic digital communications, social media and
educational consultancy with an international portfolio.
Design are two York based companies with an
impressive client list working on a very wide variety of
design/media projects that include print and interactive media.
Staff from these companies share with students their knowledge and
skills of working in the creative sector and provide students with
opportunities to gain constructive feedback to project pitches
prepared during the module.
Joint Honours Film Studies and Media Graduate
Laura Reed is currently a freelance events organiser working with
Rolls Royce. Laura says: 'Studying at York St John was a really
amazing experience. The facilities were excellent with great
teaching and study areas, as well as approachable teachers who go
that extra mile and provide outstanding tutoring. It is also
incredibly friendly and has a good social scene, which made it easy
to be involved in various activities and clubs'.